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Crosby, Penguins look to bounce back vs. Hurricanes

Pittsburgh (14-6-4) at Carolina (12-11-2), 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Captain Sidney Crosby was

bottled up, checked hard and frustrated in the Pittsburgh

Penguins' last game.

The 21-year-old Crosby will look to take those frustrations out

on the Carolina Hurricanes, who host the Penguins on Thursday.

Crosby had an assist during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the New York

Rangers, who targeted the NHL's biggest star with their

aggressive and stingy defense.

Colton Orr shadowed Crosby for much of the contest, delivering

multiple checks to the former Hart Trophy winner - including one

that baited Brooks Orpik into a double-minor penalty.

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, the brother of Crosby's teammate

Jordan, also unleashed a bone--jarring, open-ice hit on Crosby

in the third period to bring the crowd to their feet.

New York also figured out how to stop Crosby, who had six goals

and nine points in the previous three game, in the bonus format

when all three shooters scored before Crosby's attempt.

The Hurricanes will try to do the same to Crosby, who has 13

goals and 22 assists.

The game also marks the return of Paul Maurice, who coached the

Hurricanes -- then Hartford Whalers -- from the 1995-96 season

until midway through 2003-04 when he was replaced by Peter

Laviolette. Maurice was named coach of the Hurricanes on

Wednesday after Laviolette was fired.

In the first contest of its four-game homestand, Carolina

suffered a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Matt Cullen had the

lone goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost four of their last

five contests.



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